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All animal bites and exposures to bats should be reported to Washtenaw County Public Health. Health care providers should fill out the Bite Report Form and fax it to us at (734) 544-6706.

If you find a bat in your house, please don't let it go until you consult with your local health department.

Public Health is available to consult regarding the need for post-exposure prophylaxis for humans. We also coordinate testing for rabies on animals. Please call us at (734) 544-6700 during business hours.  The health department needs to approve any animal specimen for rabies testing.  There will be a $22 - $44 handling fee for each approved specimen.  Additional fees may apply as well.

Contact Person:

Judy Gwozdek, RN-BC
(734) 544-6885

Animals Tested for Rabies in Washtenaw County


Total Animals

Total Bats

Total Positive

Animals Positive
for Rabies
 2006  Not available (N/A)



 Bat (3) Horse (1)
 2007  Not available



 Bat (11)
 2008  Not available



 Bat (2)
 2009  Not available



 2010  Not available



 Bat (2)




 Bat (3) Skunk (3)




 Skunk (4) Bat (2)




 Bat (3)




 Bat (2)




 Bat (1)

(as of Feb 4)




Rabies maps

How can I safely capture a bat in my home?

If a bat is present in your home and you or your pet had contact with it (or a person was sleeping in a room with the bat), leave the bat alone and contact an animal-control or public health agency for assistance. If professional help is unavailable, use precautions to capture the bat safely, as described below.

What you will need:rabies-check it out before

    • leather work gloves (put them on)
    • small box or coffee can
    • piece of cardboard
    • tape

When the bat lands, approach it slowly, while wearing the gloves, and place the box or coffee can over it. Slide the cardboard under the container to trap the bat inside. Tape the cardboard to the container securely, and punch small holes in the cardboard, allowing the bat to breathe. If the bat is dead, put it carefully in a ziplock bag and put it on ice until it can be sent in for testing.

Contact Washtenaw County Public Health at (734) 544-6700 for advice regarding sending the bat for testing.

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